Minaj and Carey in bust-up
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, centre, poses with judges, from left, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson. Picture: AP Phioto/Fox, Michael Becker.

New American Idol judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey have been involved in a huge bust-up while filming the series, reportedly forcing producers to cut auditions short.

The two divas, the latest superstar mentors hired for the hit US talent contest, apparently fell out on Tuesday over a contestant who tried out for the panel in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In video footage obtained by TMZ.com, a furious Minaj can be seen shouting and swearing at Carey.

"I told them, I'm not f**kin' putting up with her f**kin' highness over there," she tells producers.

Carey can be seen beginning to argue back while Keith Urban, who was sitting between the warring pair, tries to calm the situation.

The show's bosses decided to cut the tension by closing the auditions for the day, according to TMZ.com.

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